College Board International Partners with American School of Dubai to Host AP Teacher Professional Development
College Board International Partners with American School of Dubai to Host AP Teacher Professional DevelopmentCollege Board Communications
In February, College Board International collaborated with American School of Dubai to deliver AP professional development workshops to nearly 80 local AP teachers, with a specialized session for college counselors and a dynamic “unconference” event for AP Coordinators.
“The unconference style made [the AP Coordinators event] relevant and efficient,” said Christina Advento, a social studies teacher at American School of Dubai. “I came away feeling like I have new colleagues to exchange ideas with, a clear sense of next steps, and renewed excitement about my program and its future.”
The one-day AP Coordinator event enabled attendees to create their own agenda topics and take leading roles in facilitating discussions. This design allowed everyone to explore AP-related issues that most concerned them and to learn more about what concerned their peers.
“Our vision for this forum was that it would be participant driven,” said Dennis Steigerwald, AP Coordinator at Singapore American School, which led the event with College Board International. “The day was structured into five sessions, relying on a breakout format to ensure that all participants’ needs and interests were met.”
In addition to receiving news and updates regarding AP, leaders from international schools with well-established AP programs had the opportunity to examine the new AP Capstone™ program in greater depth.
Six Middle East schools are among the 20 schools outside the U.S. that will launch AP Capstone in August 2014. In 2013, more than 8,000 AP Exams were administered to students in the Middle East and North Africa, and the number of students taking AP Exams in the region increased by 16 percent, with the largest group of AP students from the United Arab Emirates.
Along with the growth of AP, student mobility in the Middle East increased from 2012-13 academic year as well. According to the Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange , the number of undergraduate students from the Middle East who were enrolled in U.S. universities grew 34 percent over the previous year, the largest percentage growth among international students from other regions.
For this reason, in addition to the six AP subject workshops and the AP Coordinator session that were offered, College Board International provided college counselor training to ensure that as more students from the region enroll at U.S. colleges and universities, they receive comprehensive college planning resources and support from their school counselors.
College Board International will be returning to the Middle East Aug. 17–20 for an AP Summer Institute in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.